Students in our department that are successful in attaining their long-term goals do more than just excel in the classroom. Students foster their scientific curiosity and develop their critical thinking skills by taking advantage of a variety of opportunities available in our department.
On this page you find some opportunities to to do more. If you have any questions about any of these opportunities, please stop by one of our offices so we can talk.
The Department offers a number of paid assistantships for interested and qualified students. Funding is provided by the Department or the Federal Work Study Program. Responsibilities include working as an assistant to a faculty member in laboratory preparation, teaching, and or research. The money earned is not a lot, but the experience, skills, and relationships gained through these assistantships can be an important part of your qualifications for advanced studies or the job market.
If you are interested in a Departmental Assistanship, contact Dr. Kelli Sapp.
There are a number of opportunities to conduct research within and outside of the biology department, particularly in the summer. Students may arrange internships specifically tailored to their career path (e.g. pharmacy internship with CVS, internship at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center affiliated with the NC Zoological Park) or apply for competitive summer research programs (REU: research experience for undergraduates) at larger, research (R1) institutions. Many of these programs are funded by the National Science Foundation. These programs include a stipend for the summer and usually include transportation costs and housing.
The Department of Biology provides students with information about REU and other programs nationwide. See INTERNSHIP BULLETIN BOARDS across from Dr. Sapp’s Office (Congdon Hall, Room 249) and descriptions of REU programs at http://www.nsf.gov/index.jsp then search REU.
For several years, students in the Biology Department have been quite successful in being accepted into a variety of prestigious REU programs across the country. Many of these students have returned to pursue graduate degrees at these institutions.
Some examples of recently completed research projects at other institutions include the following: